What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

UNSOLVED: One specific book > YA Fashion Fiction. Possibly from the 60's. Girl works her way from fashion design student to children's clothing designer.

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message 1: by Suebob16 (last edited Jun 19, 2022 03:42AM) (new)

Suebob16 | 26 comments The story has a girl going to an art college with her best friend, with plans to major in fashion design. The timeline is pretty straightforward as she goes through failure and success in her classes, picks up some actual design experience along the way, meets her future husband, and tries to find a way to balance both work and marriage. She finally finds success as a children's clothing designer for a shop called The Gingerbread ____ (?). The story is told from her point of view, like she is telling us her story. I read it as a paperback.

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Lobstergirl | 39865 comments Mod
Suebob16, please give us some updates for your other threads, e.g. that you found the book, or you're still looking:




message 3: by Kris (new)

Kris | 35768 comments Mod
Suebob16, that's a good start. Copy more plot details from your message #1 to the topic header/title, so someone could recognize your book from that description alone. Many members only read the headers.

We have thousands of book requests. We close threads with vague headers.

Click the small "edit" link after the topic header. This only works on the full Desktop website - not the Mobile website or app. (On the Mobile website, there's a "Desktop version" link at the bottom of the page.)

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Suebob16 | 26 comments Bump.

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Kasia | 24 comments Possibly Masquerade?

message 6: by Suebob16 (new)

Suebob16 | 26 comments Kasia wrote: "Possibly Masquerade?"

This is not the title, but I may check it out later. Thank you for your response!

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message 8: by Suebob16 (new)

Suebob16 | 26 comments Thank you Ayshe! I think this title might be it. I'll post again if it is. It's another one of those hard to find books.

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Kris | 35768 comments Mod
Kirkus Reviews description of Styles by Suzy by Karla H. Wiley - Ayshe's suggestion:

"From designing Madison Avenue sophisticated junior specialties to the direction of a mass-produced teenage date line and finally to the opening of her own country store featuring quaint, cunning, luxury children's clothes, is the route traveled by Suzy Plummer, successful young dress designer and dirndl skirt specialist. For the career minded this is a pretty idealized view of what it's like to get established in the business end of fashion. There is a lot of information about the industry from the drawing to cutting board end. Suzy's private life and personality are indicated mainly by meticulous descriptions of the stunning outfits worn by herself and friends..."

message 10: by Suebob16 (last edited Jun 30, 2022 01:07AM) (new)

Suebob16 | 26 comments Thanks for the info Kris. After checking around some more, however, I feel that this is still not the title I was thinking of. Here is what little detail I recall about the book:

*I feel like it was written as if the protagonist was telling the reader her story.

*I believe the book begins with her and her best friend attending art college. One instructor criticizes her early drawing technique as "curly". . something she had to correct. They were sometimes taking small jobs like photo shoots to earn money. At one point they were at a buffet table photo shoot where they were also hoping for free food afterwards. Unfortunately the buffet food was fake.

*She later had the opportunity to design a wedding gown for one of her friends using vintage lace. The friend's mother was very pleased with her work.

*By the end of the book she is happy to have found a design job where she could balance her schedule with her husband's. She may be expecting their first child, as well but I'm not sure.

I'll post more details if I remember them. Thanks again for the suggestion Ayshe. I may check out Styles by Suzy later.

message 11: by Ayshe (last edited Jun 30, 2022 01:53AM) (new)

Ayshe | 4272 comments I found it mentioned in the Google Books record of Best Sellers, v. 25, University of Scranton. Library, University of Scranton, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1965:
On her way up, Suzy overcomes the resentment from Erica, a renowned designer who also works for Mr. De Meran. Finally Suzy sees her only happiness will come when she opens her own shop for children, “ The Gingerbread House ”, with all her own creations. Of course, she also finds her heart has gone to Brad Provost, ski instructor and promising young law student.

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